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An African migrant sits near the Old Central Bus Station in south Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel to Bring Thousands More Foreign Workers to Tackle High Living Costs

The Israeli government announced in late April a plan to bring thousands of workers from India and China to lower the high cost of living in the country.

The workers will be assigned mainly to two fields. Some will be caregivers, where a major gap exists between families who need full-time assistance, and others will be employed in construction.

The high cost of living is one of Israel’s most pressing issues. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the consumer price index has risen consistently in recent months.

One of the biggest drivers of that increase is the price of housing in the country. As the population continues to increase at one of the fastest paces in the developed world and housing prices consistently rise, there is an acute need for more housing units to be built.

“We need to build a lot more, a lot faster. This is done also by increasing the number of workers; this is where we come in,” said Inbal Mashash, director of the Foreign Worker Administration at PIBA. Last week, Mashash participated in an Israeli delegation to China in which 5,000 Chinese candidates were tested for work in Israel. (JPost / VFI News)